Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Prisoner of Christ

Prisoner of Christ

When we surrender our lives to Christ, who fulfilled the requirements of the law, we are no longer imprisoned by sin, instead, we enter a fellowship of grace with Christ

The Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God's promise of freedomonly by believing in Jesus Christ. (Gal 3:22)

Jesus Christ makes you free from the prison of sin. He frees you from loneliness, depression, anxiety, guilt and fear of death. When Jesus rose from the dead He became Lord over death and sin. He is the Lord of those who come to him and ask him very earnestly to become their Lord, remove their guilt and deliver them from the power of sin. Get free. We were created to be free yet we are living in chains. Ask Jesus to make you free.

In John 8:34 Jesus tells the unbelieving Pharisees, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” He uses the analogy of a slave and his master to make the point that a slave obeys his master because he belongs to him. Slaves have no will of their own. They are literally in bondage to their masters. When sin is our master, we are unable to resist it. But, by the power of Christ to overcome the power of sin, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:18).Once we come to Christ in repentance and receive forgiveness for sin, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit who comes to live within us. It is by His power that we are able to resist sinning and we become slaves of righteousness.

Romans 6:1–23 goes even further in this idea of a slave and his master. As Christians we aren’t to continue in habitual sin because we died to sin. Romans 6:4 says that since we have been buried and resurrected with Christ we are now able to walk in that newness of life, unlike the unbeliever who is still a slave to sin.Romans 6:6 goes on to say that, since we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that our body of sin might be done away with, we should no longer be slaves to sin. And Romans 6:11 says that we are to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

In Romans 6:16-18 we’re told that we are slaves to the one we obey, either of obedience to sin or of obedience to righteousness. We are to be enslaved to God from whom we receive our gifts of sanctification and eternal life. We do this because the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

When we commit ourselves as followers of Christ to grow and mature in our faith by reading and studying God’s Word each day and spending time in prayer with Him, we will find ourselves more and more able to stand in the power of the Holy Spirit and resist sin. The daily victories over sin that we have in Christ will encourage and strengthen us and demonstrate in a powerful way that we are no longer slaves to sin, but are instead slaves to Christ.

Paul says that to be a prisoner of the Lord Jesus Christ is the safest place He can be, because God will make no mistakes with his life. God will orchestrate every move.

"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Rom. 6:16).

Jesus said, “... obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:20)